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The Southern Interscholastic Press Association is a not-for-profit organization of middle and high school journalism programs. We educate students and advisers on journalism standards, support publications and programs and promote journalistic values and freedoms in classrooms throughout the Southeast.


Convention registration online

Register now for the 2016 convention. Meet students, advisers and others from across the Southeast, participate in various onsite competitions, attend sessions on all media and enjoy activities like SIPA's Got Talent, the student dance and the adviser Endowment auction.

Convention keynote speakers announced

John Moore, a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images, will kick off the 2016 convention as the keynote speaker Friday night. John has covered immigration and displaced civilians in the Middle East and won Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards in April for his coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Check out his online portfolio.

Destiny Chance, a reporter at WACH Fox Columbia news station and former high school journalist, will be the Saturday morning keynote speaker. This year Destiny has covered major news stories in South Carolina like the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting, the removal of the Confederate Flag and the historic flooding in October.

Committee names 2016 Endowment Speaker

Award-winning journalism educator Bradley Wilson will be honored as the third SIPA Endowment Speaker at the 2016 convention March 4-6. At the convention, Bradley will teach a pre-convention workshop and multiple sessions. Find out more about Bradley and his involvement in SIPA and scholastic journalism.

SIPA membership renewal

Renew your SIPA membership for this school year. Even if you have a lifetime membership, you need to update your school and evaluative information.

SIPA 2015-2016 Calendar

Make sure to download (pdf) the SIPA and SCSPA calendar for the new school year.